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Harman seizes second-round lead at Sony Open

Harman seizes second-round lead at Sony Open

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Brian Harman of the United States has four top-10 finishes in four starts in the US tour’s 2017-18 season
Brian Harman capped a seven-under by Friday with a six-a-shot lead in the second round of the US PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Harman, who has four top-10 finishes in the US tour’s 2017-18 season, teed off early at Waialae in Honolulu, and opened with back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th.
His six birdies on the day included three in a row at the second, third and fourth and he rolled in a 17-footer at the par-five ninth for an eagle that gave him a 13-under total of 127. “I’m making putts, but I’m putting myself in position to make those putts,” Harman said. “I’m getting a bunch of looks I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few.” Overnight co-leaders Chris Kirk and Zach Johnson were in a second place sharing group on 10-under par 130. Kirk gives chase in the afternoon, opening with an eye to the 10th hole and ending within a stroke before settling for a par-five. “Definitely up and down day,” Kirk said. “A few loose swings towards the end, unfortunately, a lot of really good ones.” By then, two-time major winner Johnson was in the clubhouse after a 67th birthday. John Peterson, Tom Hoge and Talor Gooch were also 10-under. Peterson opened with four straight birds then picked up two more at seven and nine to make the turn at six-under then had two birdies and two bogeys coming in to sign for a 64. Hoge closed with four straight birdies in a 65 and PGA Tour Gooch rookie had six birdies in his four-under 66. Harman, who won his second career title at the Wells Fargo Championship last season, is trying to build on a third-place finish at last week’s Tournament of Champions, where he’s headed for the halfway stage but has been overtaken by Dustin Johnson. He’s also in the US for the Ryder Cup in France, after missing out on a Presidents Cup spot last year. “I was disappointed I did not make the Presidents Cup team, that one definitely stung,” he said. “But I’ll use that going forward, that’s definitely motivation.”

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